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Inspired by vintage... Clips & animations

As we mentioned couple of times, we like to follow vintage things as well as to watch contemporary projects inspired by vintage mood, style and aesthetics: fashion, design, art, movies and animation. Here we have three examples from the last field: movie shorts inspired by...

1. Vintage books: this motion picture by Henning M. Lederer is a very nice set of 55 vintage book covers, with animated geometrical elements:

2. Vintage fashion: short video by Sabine Bein is a kind of animated journey across parts of vintage fashion history and profiles of the most popular fashion brands:

3. Vintage photos: in music video for "Zerbait Asmatugo Dugu" by Berri Txarrak (Direction & Animation: Joseba Elorza) motion vintage collages are connected with harder guitar sounds, which gives additional contrast:


Effects of connecting old and new things can be classy and nostalgic or funny and suprising - and that's the point! For more contemporary projects inspired by vintage things - check also our previous post When past meets future - modern projects based on vintage elements.

Posted: Dec 01, 2015 | Tagged: animation, music, photos, retro, video, vintage

Interior inspiration: RM's posters in minimalist black & white spaces

White walls, big windows, clean spaces - in simple, minimalist interior poster can work as a stylish detail or a strong color accent. We connected three chosen prints from our collection with this kind of rooms to show that vintage poster + modern interior is a well matched couple. 

Posters used here:

1. Polish Swissair Travel Poster

2. Swiss Industries Fair Basle Czech 1933 Original Poster

3. ST RAPHAËL Quinquina Apéritif - Rouge / Blanc 1933 Original Advertising Print 




Posted: Oct 19, 2015 | Tagged: collecting, collection, interior, posters, print, vintage, vintage posters

Poster stories

We would like to share with you two short movies which are great reflections of poster passion, seen and presented from two points of view: creators and collectors. Enjoy watching!

1. My passion: Posters

Sophie Churcher, a specialist in the 19th and 20th Century Posters department, tells stories of rare works and describes their special features. This movie was prepared as a part of series of films created to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Christie’s South Kensington.


2. Graphic Wonderland

Contepmporary yet nostalgic journey across the land of posters created in New Zealand: charming imperfection of hand painted works; silkscreen printing process; travel posters encouraging to discover beautiful sceneries and visit new places. Characteristic details: hand painted letters, vibrant colors, a pinch of eroticism and a bit exaggerated details of idealized worlds. Creators talk about their work but also describe how they perceive their projects in retrospect. They also give subjective answers for the one important question: what's the difference between fine art and commercial / poster art?

As we can read in the film description: These posters are more than just advertising; they make people dream.


Posted: Sep 30, 2015 | Tagged: collecting, collection, making of a poster, poster, posters, print, vintage, vintage posters

Paper magic, part II: playing with shadow and light

In the first part we showed tiny, richly decorated paper theaters in which colours and shapes played the main role. Now it's time to revive the paper (and not only paper) forms using light and shadow. 

Shadow puppetry - inspiration and tradition

The one of greatest inspirations for that kind of art can be found in shadow puppet theaters, which are popular in various cultures, especially in Asia (Indonesia, Thailand Malaysia, China, India, Nepal) but also in Turkey, Greece or France. Shadow puppetry has an old tradition - for example,  the earliest references to it came even from the 8th century. In traditional shadow theatres are used three-dimensional wooden forms or flat leather puppets.

 Silouette animation 

Contemporary shadow puppets are made from various materials, such as paper, wood or plastic. Today such puppets are used not only in special theaters but also in short animated movies or music videos.

The foremost pioneer of silouette animation was a German film director, Lotte Reininger. She made her motion pictures more than ten years before Disney. Below - one of her works:


Here you can read more about this creative woman.

And another example of this kind of animation - Les Trois inventeurs from 80's made by Michel Ocelot - French writer, designer and director of animated films and television programs:



Dioramas are miniature worlds with tiny props and figures. They also have quite long tradition, which reaches up even to the 6th century. Of course, when we're talking about miniature worlds, we also must mention about vintage dollhouses, which are a great inspiration for contemporary diorama creators.

Like shadow puppetry, dioramas also are made not only of paper, but it's quite popular material, often used for creating this type of little landscapes. For example, Tatebanko, very popular in 17th century, was a Japanese art of making dioramas out of paper. Some of those paper creations look quite similar to paper theaters.

Here are contemporary paper cutted dioramas and theather of lights, inspired by vintage mood. First - Boucheron, Theater of Lights - an interactive experience created in paper art and stop motion, which shows 120 years of history of the famous french jeweler Boucheron:

Boucheron, 26 Place Vendôme, Héliodon from Barthélemy Antoine-Loeff on Vimeo.

And paper diorama, prepared as an effect of cooperation of Cognac house Courvoisier and creative agency White Label; the installation was unveiled as part of L'Atelier de Courvoisier:

Alchimie de Courvoisier - Projected Paper Diorama from Davy and Kristin McGuire on Vimeo.


A short history of dioramas

The history of Indonesian puppetry Theater (Wayang) 

Photo of shadow puppets used in this post:

Magdalena Koscianska (source

Posted: Sep 18, 2015 | Tagged: animation, paper, video, vintage

Paper magic, part I: Paper Theater

Some time ago we showed our selection of inspiring vintage toys, now it's time for another special thing, which gives a lot of joy since late 18th century - for little owners, as well as for adults. Tiny paper theaters - richly decorated scenes with illustrated sceneries, printed on paperboard and ready to assemble at home. It's not only a charming decoration, but also a kind of interactive toy, a great tool which can be used to play and to learn at the same time. That's why in some places paper teathers are still popularized and really appreciated. Older versions of theaters from previous centuries can be seen in toy museums, such as Toy Museum in Karpacz (Poland), where this paper scene is a part of collection of Henryk Tomaszewski (founder of Wroclaw Mime Theater):

Here's also an example of paper doll from the exhibition of Toy Museum in Roden (Netherlands):

A cradle of toy theaters is based in London, in Pollock's Toy Museum which is famous mainly because of this kind of toys. There is also the Pollock's Toy Shop where you can buy your own toy theater. Shop was originally established in the 1880s by its namesake, Benjamin Pollock - creator of paper teaters.

On this 1920 newsreel you can see how Mr. Pollock created his toy teathers:

Pollock's Toy Museum even prepared an app which gives an opportunity to create your own victorian "paper" teather - of course, digitally:

And even though the real charm of toy theatres is hidden in paperboards, from now, if you can't take your own paper theater with you, there's always a possibility to take an alternate, digital version.

Other great sources of images and infos about whole paper theaters and single elements - backgrounds, scenes, pieces:

50 Watts

This Pinterest feed with really good examples of toy theaters


Photos: Magdalena Koscianska (more about toy museums - here)






Posted: Sep 08, 2015 | Tagged: paper, retro, theatre, toys, video, vintage